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APC 13: Advancing low carbon automotive capability UK

Overview:

There is £25million of collaborative (match) funding is available for UK-developed late stage R&D, to support growth in advanced low carbon propulsion capability in the automotive sector.

The Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC) invests up to £30m, three times a year, in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. These are pre-production projects and must be match funded. In this round APC is investing £25m.

APC 13 is looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term capabilities and associated supply chain in the design, build and manufacture of zero tailpipe emission vehicles. Meeting the future demand of vehicle-makers needs the necessary supply chain.

Innovate UK welcome projects which demonstrate a significant change in the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, and improvements in air quality compared to best in class. This can include technologies such as motors, batteries, power electronics, hybridisation and alternative propulsion systems.

Your project must concentrate on the automotive market as its primary application.

Open Date:

13/05/2019

Close Date:

10/07/2019

APC 13 is seeking proposals for collaborative R&D projects that demonstrate the development of on-vehicle technologies for on or off-road vehicles. These must either accelerate the development of low and zero tailpipe emission capable technologies, or demonstrate a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions leading to air quality improvements. Proposals should clearly align with the UK’s Industrial Strategy.

APC is particularly looking for projects that support the UK’s long-term supply chain, associated capabilities and growth aspirations. This includes, improving productivity and competitiveness in the design, build and manufacture of low and zero tailpipe-emission capable vehicles.

This includes technologies such as:

  • Motors
  • Batteries
  • Power electronics
  • Hybridisation
  • Alternative propulsion systems.

Your project must support the growth of these technologies, creating more jobs and capability throughout the UK supply chain.

Applications which can evidence a significant positive impact on the UK supply chain will be prioritised. This can include projects that will make a major investment in:

  • Creating new supply chains supporting the transition to electrification and zero emission vehicles
  • Adding resilience to existing supply chains under a variety of circumstances (where applicable) such as low, medium, high production, niche, off highway, commercial or volume passenger vehicles etc.
  • The delivery of a UK centric high value manufacturing and sourcing footprint
  • Lowering the overall cost of goods sold to customers
  • Joining together (simplifying) less productive or mature elements of existing UK supply chain leading to business efficiencies; helping to reduce uncertainty and risk.
  • Attracting new companies not traditionally delivering products, services or skills in automotive into the sector
  • Risk screening and due diligence to identify risks in the proposed supply chain developments
  • Improving the manufacturing readiness level (MRL) of your technology. Your project can either focus directly on improving the MRL, or it can create manufacturing processes or supply chain enhancements that will lead to an improved MRL

Your application must show:

  • A clear route to market exploitation and have a consortium able to deliver this
  • The economic benefits of the project, such as new and safe-guarded jobs, new business activity, or an expansion of products and services
  • That the primary application of the project is for the automotive industry
  • how the project will support upskilling and knowledge sharing in the UK
  • That the project delivers impacts that would not be achieved in business as usual
  • What would happen to the project if funding is not successful and why the specific amount of funding is needed
  • How UK plc will benefit from any intellectual property generated by the project
  • That you will demonstrate the majority of the technologies in a system or major sub system in a vehicle representative environment

Your project’s total eligible costs must be 50% match funded and between £5million and £40million.

Projects can last between 18 and 42 months.

To lead a project you must:

  • Have an active business base in the UK
  • Be a grant recipient
  • Involve at least one micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SME)
  • Include, as part of your consortium, a vehicle manufacturer or tier 1 supplier who supplies parts directly to an original equipment manufacturer
  • Collaborate with others

To collaborate on a project you must:

  • Be a UK-based business, academic organisation, or research and technology organisation (RTO)
  • Carry out your project work in the UK
  • Intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • Work in collaboration with other businesses or research organisations

Non-UK based companies and research organisations are eligible to apply for funding if they:

  • Set up an active UK business base before they start their project, where the funded work will be carried out
  • Provide evidence that they intend to expand their R&D activity in the UK after the project

Up to £25million has been allocated to match fund innovation projects in this competition. The total grant request at application cannot exceed 50% of the total eligible project costs, of which:

  • At least 70% must be incurred by commercial organisations
  • A maximum of 30% is available to research participants, and if there is more than one research participant, this amount will be shared between them

You must request the minimum amount of funding needed for your project.

The percentage of costs you can claim varies depending on:

  • The type of research you are carrying out
  • The type of organisations involved
  • The outcome of a value for money (VfM) economic assessment carried out by the department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

For industrial research projects, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • Up to 70% if you are a micro or small business
  • Up to 60% if you are a medium-sized business
  • Up to 50% if you are a large business

For experimental development projects which are nearer to market, you could get funding for your eligible project costs of:

  • Up to 45% if you are a micro or small business
  • Up to 35% if you are a medium-sized business
  • Up to 25% if you are a large business

The research organisations in your consortium can share up to 30% of the total eligible project costs. If your consortium contains more than one research organisation, this maximum will be shared between them.

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality.

Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £40million over three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support.

We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

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